Vital Opera is a developing project to cultivate human connection through the medium of operatic expression. Our goal is to strengthen the bonds of compassion through the exploration of opera as a depiction of human truth.
Unfinished: An Opera
Unfinished: An Opera
Vital Opera is pleased to announce a concert reading of Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Unfinished: An Opera, featuring newly added material. Unfinished tells the story of the life and death of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. Originally opened as a finishing school for young women in 1907, Bennett’s abrupt closing in 1977 forever altered the economic and physical fabric of the village. Today, the abandoned campus remains fenced off and in ruins, a stark contrast to its beautiful environs and a lasting reminder of what was lost. Using a mix of archival materials and contemporary testimony from Bennett alumni and the Millbrook community, Unfinished explores how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today. (To see a collection of archival and contemporary images of Bennett College, click here.)
The product of nearly three years of collaboration thus far between composer Joshua Groffman, poet Sarah Heady, and producer Vital Opera, Unfinished is ultimately planned as a fully-staged, evening-length event. You can read more about the project and see images and video from our 2016 workshop here.
Maggie Finnegan, soprano
Danielle Messina, soprano
Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano
Jose Rubio, baritone
Kirsten Kemp, piano
Rale Micic, electric guitar
Daniela Candillari, conductor
Joshua Groffman, composer
Sarah Heady, librettist
Sunday October 7, 2018 7:30pm
Marc A. Scorca Hall
National Opera Center
330 Seventh Ave. NY, NY 10001
7pm Pre-show talk with composer Joshua Groffman and librettist Sarah Heady, moderated by Vital Opera General Director Kelvin Chan.
The concert reading will be followed by a facilitated artist-audience discussion.
Tickets: $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.
Image Courtesy of the Millbrook Library
Unfinished is a new opera in development from composer Joshua Groffman and librettist Sarah Heady based on the story of now-shuttered Bennett College in Millbrook, NY, exploring how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today.read more
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